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NYSHealth Conference: “Having it All: Can New York State Control Health Costs While Improving Access and Quality?”

Rising health care costs continue to put pressure on state budgets across the nation, and most experts agree that Federal reform will further increase the amount states spend on health care. Faced with this reality, states are searching for methods to contain costs. This is particularly true in New York, which has the highest per capita expenditures on Medicaid and the third highest total health care costs (both public and private) per capita among states.

To bolster New York’s efforts to contain rising costs, NYSHealth held a conference with more than 200 attendees on October 28, 2009 that explored cost containment efforts in Massachusetts and Maine, as well as some pilot programs around the State, and considered the ways they could be expanded. The conference, entitled “Having It All: Can New York State Control Health Costs While Improving Access and Quality?” touched on a range of cost-cutting strategies, including reforming payment structures, reducing hospital readmissions and improving care management and efficiency.

As a whole, the conference demonstrated that it is possible to contain rising health care costs without jeopardizing the quality of care. In some cases improved care and lower costs went hand-in-hand. However, what was also clear is that true cost reform will not come easily and will require the collective effort of the entire health care sector.

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